Taman resigns GM duties

Brendan Taman is leaving the Bombers after 10 years with the organization. (Sun Media/Chris...

Brendan Taman is leaving the Bombers after 10 years with the organization. (Sun Media/Chris Procaylo)

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

After 10 years in the front office of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Brendan Taman has resigned.

Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer, addressing the media at the club's offices, said his long-time right-hand man simply needs a break.

"He needs to take some time for himself, personally," Bauer said. "He's not prepared to do what needs to be done, to put the work in to try to get us a championship. And that's not a slight on Brendan. He's been doing this for 20 years without a break. And it hasn't been in easy circumstances. He's been in Saskatchewan, he was in Ottawa."

Taman joined the Bombers, along with head coach Dave Ritchie, as assistant general manager in 1999, when the club was deeply in debt and in disarray on the field. He was in charge of personnel, until a promotion to GM five years ago.

As GM he was in charge of the hiring of head coach Doug Berry prior to the 2006 season.

But after a disappointing 2008 campaign, Bauer fired Berry and reduced Taman's role to mostly that of personnel and contract negotiations.

Taman claimed at the time to be happy with his duties.

When Bauer last month hired Mike Kelly as the new head coach, Kelly spoke about working together with Taman to find players.

But recently Taman began to have doubts.

Bauer says he had lengthy discussions with Taman about his future over the last several days.

"There's a change in how we're doing things," Bauer said. "It is going to be much more work. After we got going on it, it was more than he bargained for. People reach certain limits. It's fortunate the limit was reached with personal acknowledgment. Otherwise sometime the consequence can sometimes not be so pretty."

Over the years Taman brought several star players to the CFL, most notably running back Charles Roberts. He was also an adept trader, landing players like quarterback Khari Jones, lineman Doug Brown and linebacker Zeke Moreno.

"Brendan's done some unbelievable things for this organization," Bauer said, "I'm not sure there are many people that could do what he did, with the state this club was in."

However, his teams failed to win a Grey Cup, reaching the championship game twice, in 2001 and 2007, but losing to Calgary and Saskatchewan, respectively.

Bauer says the Bombers will immediately begin the search for Taman's replacement.


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